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this morning on "world news now" -- the death of rodney king. of course, he will be remembered as the man at the center of that shocking 1991 videotaped beating. >> it was that event that led to the infamous l.a. riots and those historical words, "can we all get along?" it's monday june 18th. good morning, everybody. happy monday. i'm rob nelson. and look who's back in the co-pilot's seat. our dear friend, sunny hostin back just for today. a short little visit this time around. >> yes. but i'm always happy to be here with you. you know that. >> good to see you, darling. yes indeed. >> paula faris is on assignment. so i'm going to be covering for her today. rodney king, everyone knows that name. the man whose beating was a signal of change at how we look
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at race in this country has died. more on that story in a moment. >> still shocking news because that name has been so synonymous with police brutality and those riots for 20 years. i think it was just earlier, a few weeks ago it was the 20-year mark of the riots. it's hard to believe that he's gone because what he left behind, the legacy, good and bad, really is pretty stunning. >> good and bad but it was quite a legacy. >> a troubled life but a long legacy. that's for sure. also this morning, extreme weather. the very latest on those raging wildfires in colorado. a brutal heat wave that is now headed right here to the east coast later this week. sunny, crank up your ac. >> it's going to be hot, but i like it hot. >> so do i. then catching up with the kardashians. what happens when the queen of daytime sits down with the queen of reality television? and oprah apparently takes on kim. your favorite. >> my favorite media person and my favorite whatever kim does. >> she looks good. >> she looks great. and apparently oprah hit her hard about the marriage and what was the real deal behind it. should be interesting. >> i want to see that, actually.
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>> yeah. check it out. see what k.k.'s talking about. also, it's monday, of course. insomniac theater. we'll take a look at the hit broadway show-turned-movie now. "rock of ages." it has plenty of star power, but did it hit a high note with all the moviegoers out there? i've heard very mixed reviews. and i don't know if i want to see that. and you know i love going to the movies. i'm not sure about that. wool see what amanda thinks. >> usually you're a fan of bad movies. i'm surprised you don't want to see that. but first up, new details in the death of rodney king. a neighbor said she heard someone "really crying," like really deep emotions and then a few minutes after that a splash. >> results of an autopsy are expected today or tomorrow, but foul play is not suspected. abc's chuck sivertsen has a look back at king's life. >> i just want to say -- >> reporter: rodney king died sunday morning. his fiancee found him at the
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bottom of the swimming pool. >> she did try to save him. however, she is not a good swimmer. and chose to dial 911 and call the police department. >> reporter: officers began cpr and took king to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead. no foul play is suspected. in 1991 king was just one of millions of los angeles residents when a dui traffic stop and beating by l.a. police officers catapulted him into the national spotlight. the vicious, brutal assault would have gone unnoticed except for a rolling camera. >> when i saw the tape, it was -- i was so happy that it was on tape, and then i was looking at it, it was like me being in another body. >> reporter: the four officers who were accused of unlawful beating were acquitted in a trial. the verdict opened floodgates of violence. the april 1992 l.a. riot was the worst one in u.s. history. 53 people died. more than 2,000 were injured. arsonists set some 7,000 fires, causing $1 billion in damage. at the center of it all was
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king, who was still healing from the beating he suffered at the hands of police. king stepped forward to try to heal a city's fiery agony. >> the lawyers at the time gave me some long script to read off of, and i'm like, no, this is not what i would say. so i had to keep it simple. >> reporter: and then he uttered those words that have since been engrained in the national consciousness. >> can we all -- can we all get along? can we -- can we get along? >> reporter: words that resonate to this day. rodney king was 47. chuck sivertsen, abc news, new york. >> so young. 47. >> i know. and in the 20 years since "can we all get along" has become a punch line of sorts, but it does ask a question that's pretty profound in its simplicity. we still have troubles in this country. this was not the last law enforcement brutality tape to go public. we still have these issues. and he asked a very profound question. interesting biographical note. the lady in his life, i believe she was his fiancee, the one who found his body in the bottom of
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that pool, was a juror in the civil case that he filed against lapd. she's one of the jurors that awarded him money. >> awarded him the money. >> and they later got together and that's how they met, through the trial. interesting here. but he had a long and troubled life. >> i hope money wasn't a motive. >> you never know. but he had a troubled life. that's to say the least. but sadly, he forever put a spotlight on police brutality in the country, and he furthered that discussion. >> and the video. the fact it's videotaped. everything's videotaped now. but then that wasn't the case. >> no. that was new to see it in front of your face. no one condones the violence that followed the verdict but people still i think understand the rage when you see that video even 20 years later. well, crews battling that fire in colorado are now facing powerful winds and high temperatures. the high park fire burning near ft. collins has destroyed at least 181 homes, the most in state history. and if that wasn't bad enough,
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authorities are now on the lookout for looters. one man was arrested driving through the fire zone with phony firefighter credentials and a stolen government license plate. >> hate to see people take advantage of tragedy. unbelievable. every tragedy people try to benefit from it. you love those people. >> yeah. high winds and record temperatures in the west aren't the only extreme weather conditions. >> abc's meteorologist ginger zee has a look at what the firefighters in colorado and the people on the east coast can expect the rest of this week. hey, ginger. >> sunny and rob, red flag warnings continue today. they go through tuesday for many folks. all of that red on the map just basically means the humidity is very low and the winds will be super high. some of the helicopters i've heard from reports had to be even grounded late sunday. what we're going to do is see the low pressure system move through and the winds stay kicked up through tuesday afternoon and evening. again, fire danger high. but the second threat that i need to tell you about would be dangerous heat. you say, well, wait, summer sounds pretty good. well, how about days on end of
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90s? that's exactly what's going to happen here. starting wednesday in the northeast, many folks including boston, new york, and washington, d.c. going to be the upper 90s if not 100. look at that. 100 degrees on thursday in washington, d.c. sunny and rob? >> thank you, ginger. buy deodorant. check. for the week. >> and fans. >> ooh. thanks again, ginger. here's your monday forecast, everybody. some scattered showers around buffalo, pittsburgh, and charleston, west virginia. also some afternoon thunderstorms from pensacola over to houston. severe weather for minneapolis, milwaukee, and detroit. some showers in the pacific northwest. >> 60s from seattle to portland. triple digits in phoenix and colorado springs. lots of 90s in the middle of the country. 70s in the northeast. >> enjoy the cool spell while we have it. ain't going to last all week. well, federal officials are now trying to play down fears following an alarming report about repeated lapses at a government lab. the system designed to prevent the release of some of the most dangerous infectious agents have failed. abc's jim avila has details.
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>> reporter: dave landes and his family live in the shadows of the federal government centers for disease control. has for more than 20 years. and this is the first time it has cost him sleep. >> if something gets out of the lab, it has the potential to affect all of us. >> reporter: the cdc is surrounded by residential neighborhoods, and landes is worried because of reports the cdc's ultra secure biosafety labs aren't so secure. no one has been infected, but the "usa today" has uncovered what appear to be major violations of the safety protocol. internal e-mails show that air from a secure area leaked into a supposedly clean zone and workers are concerned. >> the cdc needs to look into whether those are all isolated incidents or whether it represents just the tip of the iceberg. >> reporter: the level 3 labs are used to experiment with some of the world's most dangerous infectious diseases and bioweapons. from the sars virus to anthrax, even monkey pox.
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abc's own dr. richard besser once ran lab security at the cdc and says what concerns him is that the labs don't report to an outside agency, they police themselves. >> i think if cdc had found this kind of a lab safety violation elsewhere they would have shut that lab down. >> reporter: the cdc in a statement told abc news, "this unique facility has multiple systems in place." in fact, scientists who work in the biosafety labs wear scrubs, then put on pressurized suits. before moving room to room, they must go through pressurized interlocks that keep the air from moving with them. neighbors like dave landes and the workers inside the cdc want to make sure all those precautions are actually working. >> my concern is is the ventilation what it should be? and if it's not, what are they going to do? >> reporter: but for now the cdc is not answering any questions about what it plans to do about safety complaints from its own lab workers. jim avila, abc news, new york.
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well, this isn't exactly what the beach boys had in mind, but that didn't stop dozens of dogs from catching a wave in californ-i-a. >> they were hanging ten on all fours in san diego over the weekend. more than 50 dogs showcasing their skills out there. competitors at the annual surf dog competition were judged on confidence level, length of ride, and extra flair. >> in addition to the competition, they broke three guinness world records including most dogs on one board at one time. get this, 20, 2-0, twenty dogs. >> look at that dog. chilling. i get tossed around in a back yard pool, and these dogs are out there surfing. i feel completely inadequate. >> i mean, i have three dogs, as you know. and i just -- i don't know if my dogs would enjoy that. >> you don't think so? >> i mean, i have a bay retriever who loves the water. but surfing, i don't know. >> we'll test them next time. >> coming up, highlights from game 3 of the nba finals that came down to the final minutes.
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game three of the nba finals went to the miami heat with the final score last night 91-85. game three of the nba finals went to the miami heat with the final score last night 91-85. another good one. close. everything went down to the last minutes of the fourth quarter. but it was not to be with the thunder missing a flurry of shots toward the end. lebron james was on his game, though. 29 points. 14 of which were rebounds. dwyane wade had 25 points for the night. and while the thunder's kevin durant had 25 points, he only got to the free-throw line four times. >> mm. well, miami now leads the best of seven series 2-1, with game four right back here on abc tuesday night. >> it's a good series.
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who are you rooting for? >> new york is not in it. >> ah, come on. oklahoma city. come on now. >> what's the point? miami heat and oklahoma city. thunder in the end of the fourth quarter of game 3 with the heat winning by six. >> miami heat star lebron james, the one and only, is trying to win his first nba ring, of course. and abc's chris connelly shows us why lebron is a hero to many. >> reporter: when he's not shooting hoops, 17-year-old tiago delia from peachtree, georgia, likes to check out his bedroom wall, dedicated to lebron james. >> so right here this is my basketball poster. we had a project for art class. and we had to do our favorite athlete or favorite person, and i did of course lebron james. you guessed it. >> reporter: once a malnourished infant living on the streets of rio, tiago was adopted by an american family, who saw him work at his game. but at age 15 discomfort after practice raised concerns. tests revealed the worst.
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>> he says, do i have cancer? and we had to tell him, yes, you do. >> you just kind of watched him deteriorating in front of you. and you just think that you would trade places with him. >> reporter: now cancer-free, tiago has always dreamed of meeting lebron james. his wish begins to come true in early april at the american airlines arena in miami. where right next to lebron's locker is his own personalized uniform. >> how are you doing? >> introduce yourself to everybody. >> i'm thiago. >> how you doing, man? >> reporter: with lebron, thiago is now part of the heat's half-court shooting contest. they move to the three-point line. >> i'll hit it from here. >> and thiago challenges lebron. >> three, right? >> then it's time for these two new teammates to have a little fun. finally, lebron has an armful of
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goodies like a game-worn jersey for thiago to keep. >> my signature. >> thanks, man. >> of course, man. anytime, buddy. thanks for being a man, i appreciate it. >> he'll remember forever. >> i've got to sign my contract. >> his special wish. >> good to see some dreams coming true. nice. >> yes. coming up next, oprah and the reality stars. >> a revealing look at kim kardashian and her relationship troubles. you're watching "world news now." kardashian and her relationship troubles. you're watching "world news now."
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well, now to oprah's one on one last night with a revealing look at reality star kim kardashian. many questions about what went wrong with that infamously brief marriage. >> ah, and now questions about her new boyfriend, a flashy and
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often controversial rap superstar. you may know this guy. abc's john muller has a look. >> you're growing up. >> i'm totally growing up. >> it feels like there's a level of maturity that happened with that. >> completely. >> reporter: the reality show queen and the talk show queen getting real. kim kardashian opening up to oprah. it's been a tumultuous several months that have seen her take me g >> you don't think i feel bad? >> reporter: none more controversial than her fairy tale wedding to nba basketball player kris humphries that ended just 72 days later. >> i feel like i've had an epiphany over the last year for what i've been through and i am that changed person just from my own experiences. a lot of my friends are the people that i love to just sit and talk to and spend my time with are wiser, a little bit older than me. >> reporter: one of those older people kardashian now leans on, her newest love interest, musician kanye west. the cozy couple have been seen
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almost everywhere since april enjoying the good life, taking in lakers games and hot spots, even jetsetting to the cannes film festival. >> i love that i'm with someone that's a couple years older than me. i love that my friends are even sometimes 20, 30 years older than me. before i used to, you know -- all my boyfriends were younger. i always dated five years younger. my whole thing was completely different. >> reporter: oprah also spoke with kim's sisters khloe and kourtney and brother rob, too and they all stood up for mom kris jenner, the manager of the family's reality show empire. >> what do you say to people, and you've heard it, when people say your mother is pimping her children? >> she's our mom. >> we have to hire a manager. so regardless, someone is going to get that. no one will fight harder for you than your own mother. she knows us. she knows all of our moods. >> and she knows what 10% of it is, too. >> i'm going to let you talk because you love kim. >> i make no commentary on the woman's intellect, her personality, or her talent. i just think she physically is a stunningly beautiful woman and
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making that money. >> the intellect and the talent, though? ♪ though? the intellect and the talent, though. follow the wings.
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♪ ♪ well, now it's time for "insomniac theater" and our take on the big musical adaptation "rock of ages," which features a star-studded cast. in its opening weekend it came in third, though, with some underwhelming numbers. >> didn't do quite as well as they thought here. about 62% of viewers were women over the age of 25. so was this a rock movie concert for everyone? digital news associate amanda van allen lets us know if the rockers were able to win over audiences. good morning, amanda. >> good morning, guys. i didn't think it was for
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everyone. i think if you're into musicals and you like "grease" and you like things like that, like my favorite movie is "grease," for instance. >> i love "grease." >> i think you would like the movie. and i didn't actually see the broadway play, but some of the people that i talked to afterwards said that it was really close to the broadway play. >> they kept true to the script. that's good. >> they kept true to the script. and you you know, what do you expect? it's a musical. yes, it's going to be a little corny. yes, all of the loose strings are going to tie up in a little bow at the end, but that's how it's supposed to be. >> how was tom? >> tom was amazing. he played a weird person the best that i've ever seen. >> that is a stretch. that is a stretch for tom. >> alec baldwin was amazing. >> he's great in everything. >> it was weird to see him rock out and be this great club manager. but he was really awesome. i thought he was awesome.
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i thought he was really good. the acting was perfect. but you know, some of the storyline was a little bit corny. >> and this had a really all-star cast. russell brand, catherine zeta-jones, paul giamatti. this had as -- had a really good thing. let's have a listen to what some folks had to say. >> yeah. >> i really liked it. i really want to see it again. >> i thought it was such a great performance and the music was great and the movie was great. >> cheesy. >> the best part was alec baldwin and russell brand serenading each other. >> i thought it was a little weak, but i thought tom cruise was awesome and the music definitely saved it. but i thought it was a little -- >> so a lot of people really liked it. but like she said it was a little bit corny. and it was. but i'm giving it 4 out of 5 stars. >> come on now. you know what? you're fired. ain't no 4 out of 5 for "rock of ages." >> i give "rock of ages" 4 out of 5 stars because guess what? it was a musical. it stayed true to the script. and it was corny. perfect musical.
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>> i'm going to go see it. >> by all
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this morning on "world news this morning on "world news now" -- rodney king dead at the age of 47. >> the man whose beating was caught on tape and eventually led to the unforgettable and deadly race riots was found in a swimming pool. it's monday june 18th. good monday morning, everybody. i'm rob nelson. and you know this lovely lady to my left here. >> i'm sunny hostin. paula faris is on assignment. and i'm so happy to be back. >> good to have you back. you picked your favorite day, monday. >> exactly. well, the man whose beating was caught on tape over 20 years ago sparking deadly riots in los angeles has died. more on the life of rodney king coming up. also, voters in greece have
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made their voices heard now. what it means for the world's economy as president obama and other heads of state meet in mexico today for the start of the big g-20. and then, rielle hunter speaking out. >> ooh. >> a sneak peek of the memoirs of john edwards' former mistress just days before abc news' interview with her is scheduled to air. >> big exclusive. chris cuomo coming up on friday night. be sure to tune in for that. you won't believe some of the things rielle says including where she was going to move to be close to john. >> i'm going to watch that one. >> juicy details. also this morning, the secret to everlasting love. tips on marriage from a couple who, get this, has been together for 75 years. >> that's love. >> that is another level of love. still drinking together. that's a long time. can you imagine being in love for 75 years? much less being married for 75
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years. that gives us all hope for love. >> it does. >> good for those guys. before all of that, autopsy results are expected today or tomorrow for rodney king. but officials suspect that he accidentally drowned. >> supporters say king had a difficult time adjusting when he was suddenly thrust into the national spotlight more than 20 years ago. more than 20 years ago. abc's cecilia vega has more on king's death from los angeles. >> reporter: he wassed the bloody, battered face at the center of the first viral video ever. the man who issued that famous plea in the middle of one of the worst riots in american history. >> can we -- can we all get along? >> reporter: in a southern california suburb, rodney king's lifeless body was found in his swimming pool by his fiancee. one of the jurors who awarded him nearly $4 million in a civil suit after his beating. >> at about 5:25 a.m. this morning she had heard him speaking to her. she got up to go outside to talk with him, at which time she found him in the bottom of the pool. >> reporter: his death now being investigated as an accidental drowning.
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but king had a long struggle with drugs and alcohol. and according to news reports, his fiancee told friends he had been drinking all day saturday and smoked marijuana. april marks the 20th anniversary of the riots that followed the beating trial. looking back, king said he'd made a mistake running from the police that night. he said he didn't want to go to jail for drunk driving. >> when i saw the tape, it was -- i was so happy that it was on tape and that i was looking at it, it was like me being in another body. i felt like i was -- i died just watching it. >> reporter: that beating went on for 15 minutes, with four l.a. police officers pounding king with batons. kicking him, shooting him with stun guns. >> not guilty of the crime of assault by force -- >> reporter: and when they were acquitted by a jury with no blacks on it, mayhem on the streets of los angeles. a city on fire. king said he forgave the officers. but decades later he was still haunted by nightmares and flashbacks.
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>> i'm constantly working on my -- on myself and knowing what my limits are and feeling comfortable with me. >> reporter: in intersection marks the violent epicenter of those riots. in all more than 50 people killed. $1 billion in damage. not too long ago rodney king was asked if he knew what he wanted to put on his headstone. he had an answer, he said. "can we all just get along? can we all just get along in peace?" cecilia vega, abc news, los angeles. >> everyone remembers those words. >> they're haunting. can we get along? very simple but one of those things that does kind of stick in your head a little bit. but it takes you back to those dark days after the verdict. watching that tape it's hard not to get angry again because it's still stunning there was an acquittal in that case. he was driving drunk that night. but the brutality -- 15 minutes' worth of beating. >> i didn't know it was that long. >> that's a long time to be pummeled by a group of officers who have you surrounded and batons and guns and tasers. it's hard to watch. you don't understand why people would burn down their
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own neighborhood as a way of speaking out about it, but in a way you do understand the rage. and later the o.j. simpson verdict the country was inflamed again. based in l.a. >> it really was a game changer in race relations. >> absolutely. >> relations with police officers. it really was something. and i think what was remarkable is it was actually on videotape. >> right. >> because back then 20 years ago -- >> there wasn't facebook. >> you didn't have iphones and that sort of thing. so really this was momentous. >> watershed moment. sleep well, rodney. troubled life for sure. in other news this morning overseas markets are higher right now after greek voters decided to stick with the austerity program. investors were worried, though, that greece might instead leave the eurozone, which would have sent shock waves throughout the global economy. even with sunday's vote, though, analysts say the financial crisis is far from over. well, the situation in greece and other european economies is a top priority as world leaders meet today in mexico. and the violence in syria will be a main topic when president obama meets privately with
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russian president putin. abc's mary bruce has a preview from the meeting site in los cabos, mexico. >> reporter: the leaders of the world's largest economies may be gathered here in this mexican resort town, but all eyes are clearly on europe and the financial crisis that could drive all of them back into a recession. president obama will be looking for signals that europe can contain its financial mess and keep it from harming the u.s. economy. and his re-election chances long with it. the president sees the two-day international summit as a pivotal moment and will argue the progress made here is crucial to creating jobs. also the escalating violence in syria. the president meets today with newly re-elected russian president putin. but their relationship is being tested. the president wants putin to help efforts to end syrian president assad's dictatorship. despite the heat here in mexico, their meeting is expected to be quite chilly. mary bruce, abc news, los cabos, mexico.
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and mitt romney spent father's day on the campaign trail, with three of his grandkids in tow. at an event earlier in ohio, romney was nearly drowned out by protesters who shouted for him to go home. a group of romney's staffers moved a set of speakers into the middle of the group of protesters to try to drown them out in return. we are getting a sneak peek this morning into the tell-all book by john edwards' former mistress, rielle hunter. an advance copy obtained by the associated press, hunter details how edwards calmly told her he would probably wind up in a country club-type prison in virginia. also, hunter said she and her daughter would move to be near him. the memoir also covers the lengths hunter went to to sneak in and out of edwards's hotel rooms. and don't forget, in an abc news exclusive, chris cuomo interviews rielle hunter as she breaks her silence about her relationship with john edwards. it comes on this friday, june 22nd, 10:00 to 11:00 eastern time on "20/20."
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should be a fascinating sit-down. >> that's a must-see for me. >> that is a must-see for a lot of folks. well, a standoff involving an off-duty new jersey police officer has ended peacefully. the gunman had been holed up with a reported 2,000 rounds of ammunition and multiple rifles in rural pennsylvania, where he has engaged in a fire-fight with police and shot the tires and video camera out of an armored s.w.a.t. vehicle. it's not really clear what triggered that standoff. that massive wildfire raging in colorado is now 45% contained. 1,600 firefighters are struggling to put it out after more than 180 homes burned to the ground. high winds grounded helicopters yesterday and forced another wave of evacuations. now authorities say looters had been sneaking into the fire zone. regardless of tragedy, criminals find a way to take advantage. >> what are they going to find? everything's burning down. what are you going to loot? >> i don't understand it. well, here's your monday
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forecast. another windy day in the southwest. showers from seattle to portland. hail and 80-mile-an-hour winds from the twin cities to detroit. a chance of showers and thunderstorms from buffalo to charleston, west virginia. and along the gulf coast. >> upper 80s and 90s from the south into the midwest. 70s in the northeast. 110, ooh, in phoenix. and 60s in the pacific northwest. well, playing catch comes naturally for most dogs, but here's a competition that those instincts -- take those instincts to a whole new level. >> oh, yeah. dozens of dogs from six countries in fact turned out yesterday for the european frisbee dog championships in budapest. they showed off their well-honed skills in several categories including toss and fetch and freestyle all done to music. >> and experts say the sport is quickly gaining popularity because dog owners only need a plastic frisbee and a small patch of grass to train. i've got to tell you, that must take a lot of time. >> to train that dog right there? >> yes.
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>> you have three dogs. do you ever go out there and throw the frisbee or whatever? >> all i can do for my dogs to pee and poop in a particular area. i can't play frisbee. they just need to go in a particular area. >> cop a squat, and mama's leaving. you keep it real simple with the dogs. all right. the dogs aren't high achievers. >> not at all. not in the hostin household. coming up, secret mission. that mysterious u.s. air force test vehicle that's returned to earth. and after more than a year in space, what were they looking for or looking at? you're watching "world news now." you're watching "world news now." [ female announcer ] letting her home be turned into a training facility? ♪ this olympian's mom has been doing it for years. she's got bounty. in this lab demo, one sheet of new bounty
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good song choice, guys. after more than a year in space a mysterious american space vehicle has now returned to earth and landed over the weekend out in california. >> but now that it's landed there are many questions, like what was it doing up there? abc's clayton sandel has more. >> reporter: it came in hot against a cool california dawn, ending a 15-month secret sortie into space. the x-37b is a fully automatic space plane that lands itself. it was once a nasa design to replace space shuttles, then part of a secretive pentagon research agency. >> lift-off of the united launch alliance atlas 5 rocket. >> reporter: the air force launched this one 15 months ago. it's officially a billion-dollar program testing reusable unmanned space ships. but it also hauls highly classified cargo. there's even speculation the spaceship may be aiming sensitive cameras and sensors toward earth, paving the way for
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a new generation of robot spies. >> it could be a space bomber. it could be a space fighter. it could be for engineering tests. >> reporter: there are plenty of theories. >> i think the ultimate purpose of this plane is to confuse the chinese, to cause them to waste money responding to things that it might be to keep them guessing. >> there are any number of things you can do with a vehicle like that. >> reporter: whatever it does the air force may launch another x-37 this fall and that mission will also likely be a secret. clayton sandel, abc news, denver. >> you learn something every time. very interesting. i didn't know exactly -- you know, the nature of the mission is up there. good to get a few little answers there, tidbits, what they're looking at in space. >> but you know, we need to dot work, right? in space. the final frontier. >> yes. indeed. when we come back, some sad health news for jack osborne. a real shocker there. >> and is octomom getting sued?
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that would be very sad. we'll have the revealing details coming up next in the "skinny." coming up next in the "skinny."
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♪ skinny ♪ so skinny welcome back, everybody. hate to start off "the skinny" with sad news on this monday, but we just had a little announcement here from jack osborne, of course the son of rock legend ozzy osbourne here. apparently, at just 26 years old he's been diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, which is a very, very tough disease. it affects the central nervous system, the brain and the spinal cord and causes problems with your muscles, your vision, your balance, your feeling, your thinking. number one, he's very young. what makes it worse, it's two weeks after he and his fiancee brought their daughter into the world, pearl clementine osbourne. so it's just kind of crazy. told "people" magazine, "i was just angry and frustrated and kept thinking, why now? i just got a family, and that is
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what's supposed to be the most important thing." we want to send thoughts and prayers to that family. the strange clan but a strong clan. >> they're strong and close. they'll be there for each other. >> best of luck. we're thinking about. and octomom, she's supposed to shake her lady bits at a lounge in west people beach, florida, but now she says one of the employers called her crazy. she said, i'm sorry, i don't want to do that now. her rep said she will not appear at the club in july or the future. now the club is saying, really? we will hit with a nasty lawsuit which you cannot afford. so i don't know. i suspect she may be shaking her lady bits. >> i love your term, lady bits. here's the more fundamental question about the irish -- who wants to see her buck naked? that's my question. >> i think people want to see
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her shake her lady bits. >> who, who? >> there are people out there. >> i don't understand at all. i'm going to steal a joke from jimmy kimmell, her backing out of the deal -- "14 years later, now she wants to pull out?" >> ba-dum-bum. >> thought that was a good joke. ashton kutcher, talking a little about a.k. he's apparently doing a movie playing steve jobs. it's called "jobs: get inspired." we found a picture of jobs, the apple founder, and ashton. this wasn't from the set or anything. this was him during the filming. you can see a little how it's coming together. >> they sort of look alike, shockingly. >> wouldn't think it at first. but the haircut, beard, especially. >> the structure of the face. >> a little bit. it's coming together a little bit. we'll see.
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he's doing "two and a half men." who knows how long that will last. he may pull off a young steve jobs. we'll keep an eye on that. >> definitely. >> go ahead, ashton. last but not least, a dance, music producer guy, he has a track with titanium. you're listening to it now -- ♪ >> it's very, very popular. has charted on the billboard dance club list for 28 weeks. coming up against "thriller," which charted for 36 weeks in 1983. right now this titanium is the largest charting dance song in nearly three decades. may beat "thriller." >> it that song that we're listening to now is going to top m.j.'s "thriller"? >> yeah -- >> never would have guessed that. who doesn't love the video? you can't beat -- ♪ >> come on, you know -- ♪ thriller note >> side, side. bang. ♪
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>> side, side. bang. slide. >> i don't think it's going to beat "thriller." >> couldn't even beat us. please. follow the wings.
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♪ ♪ here i stand with my everlasting love ♪ i love that song. >> popular song. gets you moving. >> and this is our -- favorite story of the day. >> you're never rusty, girl. you're never rusty. >> well, with the divorce rate increasing every year, long-lasting marriages are getting to be more and more of a rarity. >> that's true. but we do have an amazing story of a couple that has been together for 75 years. lawrence seabrook of our wichita, kansas, affiliate, kake, lets us in on their marriage secret. >> reporter: two people clink glasses and pucker up to celebrate dozens of toasts and thousands of kisses over the past 75 years. >> when they say that a man and wife become one, that's about right. become one flesh.
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>> reporter: in 1937 pennsylvania became the very first state to celebrate flag day. amelia earhart disappeared during her attempt at a round-the-world flight. and frank and nita weiss tied the knot. >> she said what should we do today? i said i don't know, what do you want to do? she said let's get married. and i said, well, okay. >> reporter: 3/4 of a century later frank still gives nita butterflies. >> when i walk in the front door out here, she's all excited and throws her arms up. most of the time actually more in love when you get older than you are when you're young. >> reporter: nita now lives at an assisted living center, but that doesn't keep frank away. >> i come out to see her every day. i've been doing that for 4 1/2 years. and i'll continue to keep doing it because it's just the way it is. >> reporter: but even these two lovebirds disagree from time to time. >> you getting mad at me? >> yes. >> why? what did i say? did i say something you didn't like?
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>> reporter: she may not like what he says to her, but she loves what he does for her. after 75 years of sitting side by side, they plan to celebrate their commitment for the rest of time. >> just love them and forgive them and forget things that happen. and just hang together. take care of each other. >> aw. >> that's great. >> that gives you some faith in marriages, that they can last -- that love can last. you know what i mean? 75 years. >> i don't know what you have to do, though, to make it last. >> i think eventually the love may fizzle -- not the love but that uh may fizzle but the friendship will last. go to facebook, let us know what you think the key to a long-lasting marriage is. me and my wife sunny will be right back after this break. ck after this break. >> announcer: this is abc's @@qh$
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